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Ideally located Provence home with private pool on 1 acre, for family + friends

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4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
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LAST MINUTE SUMMER 2019 BOOKING = 21-31 July at 257euros/night or 1800euros/week instead of 2149 euros!!! The Reading Nook is a charming, pleasant family home in traditional provencal mas-style, tucked away in the village of Fuveau 15 minutes south of Aix-en-Provence at the foot of Cezanne's mountain Ste. Victoire and 25 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches. Set on 1 acre, it is a comfortable 4 bedrooms, with one extra (5th) room set aside as a playroom, and sleeps 8, with a daybed in the playroom for a 9th guest if required, and a sofabed in the lounge. The home is full of rustic character - hand carved post, wooden ceiling beams, pine doors, framed picture windows, and simply but tastefully decorated, with French quilts, Sanderson/Laura Ashley soft furnishings, Villeroy and Boch bath...LAST MINUTE SUMMER 2019 BOOKING = 21-31 July at 257euros/night or 1800euros/week instead of 2149 euros!!! The Reading Nook is a charming, pleasant family home in traditional provencal mas-style, tucked away in the village of Fuveau 15 minutes south of Aix-en-Provence at the foot of Cezanne's mountain Ste. Victoire and 25 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches. Set on 1 acre, it is a comfortable 4 bedrooms, with one extra (5th) room set aside as a playroom, and sleeps 8, with a daybed in the playroom for a 9th guest if required, and a sofabed in the lounge. The home is full of rustic character - hand carved post, wooden ceiling beams, pine doors, framed picture windows, and simply but tastefully decorated, with French quilts, Sanderson/Laura Ashley soft furnishings, Villeroy and Boch baths, Horus Victorian taps, Porcelanosa tiles. The house is aptly named as it a haven from the modern world, providing a corner for rest, relaxation and reading. It is ideal for couples and retirees, a family with children looking for run-around space, two families sharing or family reunions. With woods, a terraced garden, fruit trees, and a pool to lounge by. Whether your passions are the arts, history, physical activities, foods and wines, touring or antiquing, Provence has it all. Aix-en-Provence, home of impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and French literary author Emile Zola, hosts the premier summer arts and cultural festivals flocked to by the Parisians. Within an hour's drive is Avignon, home of the Vatican for 400 years, Baux-de-Provence - noted as 'the prettiest (medieval) village' by the French, Nimes and Arles - home to Van Gogh, and chic St. Tropez and Cannes. Nice is 90 minutes away, Italy and skiing are just 2 hours away. Too much activity? Just want to sit still and relax on your vacation? A pool, hammock, barbecue, house stocked with books and videos, large yard for children to run around in and children's playthings, boardgames, the Provencal sun…The Reading Nook. More
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About the Owner
Robert W
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:70%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:January 2007
Interaction with guests
Upon booking, our Booking Manager, who has lived in the area 15+ yrs, will be in contact with you, for directions, details on booking, Before you arrive, our on-site House Manager, who has been in the area 25+yrs, will be in contact to arrange key transfer. The House Manager can meet you at the home, or if unable to, will arrange easy key pick-up, and stop by the house afterwards, to make sure you are checked in, and have settled well. Our House Manager is available for help/informaiton, should you need, during your stay.
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Reviewed 15 September 2019

We enjoyed the space of this fully equipped home in the countryside. Easy grocerie shopping nearby. Nice large pool and garden. Well maintained.

Date of stay: September 2019
Thank E9292ORstever
Reviewed 6 June 2019

The house has five good bedrooms, a lovely garden with pool, and outdoor dining. We loved the Intermarché nearby, where the food and the Poulet Fermier are delicious. There are many great Provençal sights nearby.

Date of stay: May 2019
Thank ElizabethT2832
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

In countryside close to lovely Fuveau and 15km to Aix. Easy to get to towns in Southern France, close to motorways. Feels like home...well equipped and very comfortable. Highly recommended!

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank GoPlaces646862
Reviewed 25 October 2017

A group of us spent a memorable week-end here in September. The house is perfect!! Lovely outdoor seating/eating area, stunning pool area, with sooo much space. Would heartily recommend it for a family holiday - the house is so welcoming, you feel as though you...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank Gill M
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Great place to stay and relax. Had plans to spend every day touring Provence but that went out the window and we spent most of our time relaxing by the pool in the fabulous surroundings. Was perfect for our family of 2 adults and two...More

Date of stay: July 2017
1  Thank jameseD4063VB
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Books
Water Park Nearby
Hairdryer
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
VCR
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Game Room
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
Additional amenities & feature info
The original owner built the Reading Nook, and you will see his handiwork carved on the wooden porch post as you enter the house. The sunken living room and raised dining room are floored in limestone tiles, with French doors that open to the back yard. Both rooms are decorated with rose motif Laura Ashley curtains and the living room is stocked with books, mini-stereo, small TV and DVD player. By the fireplace in the living room there is a marbled hallway which houses all the videos and leads into a separate room that has been set up as a playroom, with its own French doors exiting to the back. The playroom has boardgames and some toys, plus a black iron-framed daybed that can used for separate sleeping facilities, if required. The dining room boasts an unique oak hutch built into the wall, also accessible on the other side in the charming yellow and blue tiled kitchen, which has an exterior door that exits to the outside patio. A mirrored pine door in the kitchen leads to the laundry and storage, with washing machine and dryer. Off the dining room is a powder room decorated in lavender jouy toile wallpaper, and beside it, behind a rustic pine door, a double sized bedroom with sized yellow-cream sleigh bed, covered with a light rose French quilt.The entry hallway, stairwell and upstairs hallway are all in bright happy Provencal yellow. Lavender sprigs from the garden hang from the ceiling beams in the upstairs landing. All bedrooms have wooden ceiling beams and both bathtubs in the bathrooms upstairs boast deep bathtubs and antique Victorian style taps. The main bathroom also has a separate shower. The master bedroom has a queen size bed and an en suite, and is decorated in a rose and blue print. The 2nd bedroom has bunkbeds and is decorated in different shades of deep sky blue and azur blue, depicting the rich dawn and dusk skies of Provence. Fluorescent stars on the walls near the ceiling beams complete the sky theme. The 3rd bedroom is in light lavender and has 2 twin beds covered in floral provencal quilts. Both the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms have bookcases holding a number of children's books for different ages.
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About the neighbourhood
Festivals: Aix-en-Provence is a favourite town of artists and writers. The summer cultural festival is full of life, music, theatre, dance and art. Different festivals throughout the year mean great vendors' booths (artisanal soaps, jewellery, antiques, etc.) gracing the streets of Cours Mirabeau in Aix with a grand event at Christmas time. In our little village Fuveau, the Foire St. Michel is held the 2nd week-end of September, where local artisans ply their hand-made ware and foods, while villagers dress in historic costumes to dance traditional provencal dances. The Foire occurs in conjunction with Fuveau’s international book festival where reknown international authors come to speak.
Getting around
Lots of brochures are at the house, to help you plan your touring activities. A rental car is recommended for the area, as it is suburban/semi-rural. A bus taking you directly into Aix is available on the main street conveniently across from the house - the bus hours are limited (does not run late into the night), but makes for a very easy a day trip into town or for older children who want to feel a bit more independent during their vacation.
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